February 3, 2005
Ford creates Volunteer Corps organization for employees
Dearborn, Michigan – Ford Motor Company announced the creation of the Ford Volunteer Corps, an initiative commissioned by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bill Ford to provide an umbrella organization under which Ford employees around the world can volunteer for a wide range of corporate citizenship projects within their communities. It will incorporate some existing volunteer programs and may include partnerships with community organizations.
“I am extremely proud of the way in which Ford Motor Company and its people – both hourly and salaried – commit the time and energy necessary to help our communities in countless ways,” said Ford. “The Ford Volunteer Corps will help us to channel and institutionalize that spirit.”
The first major project to be implemented by the Volunteer Corps will be working with Habitat For Humanity International to rebuild housing and other structures in the areas hardest hit by the tsunami in Asia.
The Ford Volunteer Corps will be developed and led by Jim Bright, the newly appointed executive director, office of the Chief of Staff. Bright, who was previously executive director of Public Affairs, will report to Jim Vella, the Company’s vice president and Chief of Staff. His appointment is effective immediately.